What Obama doesn't want you to know

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His eloquent words alone cannot be allowed to define Barack Hussein Obama.

However thin the Democratic presidential nominee's rÃsumÃ, his record is worth exploring. It's the best way to know what he's likely to do if elected.

The conclusion of those who have researched his record: He's vastly more liberal than his image.

How liberal? He's ranked as the most liberal U.S. senator -- to the left, even, of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a socialist.

In Citizens Against Govern-ment Waste's 100-point rating of senators and congressman on fiscal responsibility, Obama got a mere 10.

And a Washington Times investigation of Obama's eight-year record in the Illinois state Senate finds that Obama was so far to the left on many votes that he made his liberal Democratic colleagues look like Rush Limbaugh.

Some examples of Obama's extremism in the Illinois Senate, as provided by The Washington Times :

- Obama was the only senator not to support a bill "to report suspected child abuse while protecting the identity of the facility or person providing the information." The bill passed 54-0-1 -- the one being Obama, who voted "present." It passed the Illinois House 117-0.

- Obama voted present "on a bill in committee requiring criminals to serve consecutive sentences for separate crimes involving convictions for severe bodily harm or sexual assault, but didn't vote at all when the measure came to the floor." The bill passed the Senate 54-0 and the House 118-0.

- Obama voted present on a bill "making it harder for abusive and neglectful parents to regain custody of their children." The Senate vote was 57-0-1, with the lone wolf being Obama.

- Obama skipped a vote on a bill "to prohibit convicted sex offenders from serving on school boards." It passed without him, 58-0 in the Senate and 106-0 in the House.

Adds the Times : "The records also show Mr. Obama voted 'no' on a bill allowing police officers to execute warrants and enter buildings without knocking if there was a reasonable belief a weapon would be used against them; voted "present" on legislation requiring that minors who commit gun crimes on or near a school be prosecuted as adults; and did not vote on a bill requiring fingerprint background checks on school bus drivers.

"Mr. Obama was the only member of the state Senate to vote against a bill to prohibit the early release of convicted criminal sexual abusers; and was among only four who voted against bills to toughen criminal sentences, increase penalties for criminals whose offenses were committed in the furtherance of gang activities, and increase penalties for the delivery of Ecstasy and other designer drugs."

Obama also voted "present" in 2001 on three bills that required medical help for babies accidentally born in botched abortions. In 2002 he had another chance -- and actually voted against helping the survivors of failed abortions.

In 2003, as chairman he helped kill a similar bill in committee.

Meanwhile, as stories come out about his having learned at the feet of socialists and even a communist, Obama has tried to downplay his connections to admitted domestic terrorist William Ayers ('a guy who lives in my neighborhood,' Obama said in a primary debate). But in papers from Ayers' "Chicago Annenberg Challenge" released just this past week after a long battle, it appears the association between Obama and Ayers was much deeper. Obama served on the organization's board for years, for a time as chairman. And Ayers hosted Obama's first campaign fund-raiser.

"They in fact were partners in various entities and regularly exchanged ideas," writes Investor's Business Daily , "including on how to turn Chicago schools into re-education camps to create a generation of social revolutionaries."

Obama isn't just ignoring or running from his past. He's actively trying to cover over it: His campaign has threatened TV stations with their broadcast licenses for running ads noting Obama's link to Ayers.

Obama's record and his associations, past and present, define him, much more so than his lofty rhetoric. And he is the definition of an extremist far out of step with mainstream American values.

By every expert's assessment, this presidential election was the Democrats' to lose. And they very well may do that. In their zeal for change, and in succumbing to the cult of celebrity without asking questions first, they have chosen a nominee who is extreme in the extreme. His record, and his views, are only now coming out.

The Democrats may have fallen in love with someone they barely knew.

That hardly ever ends well.

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pauldrake
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pauldrake 08/31/08 - 03:28 am
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now make sure you do the same

now make sure you do the same with biden's,mcsenile's,and the two mules for sister sarah character.the guy is going to be elected,get over it.43 presidents all white males,46 vp's all white males.sounds almost as bad as the augusta national did for years.

DrGunby68
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DrGunby68 08/31/08 - 03:40 am
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The ACES are as desperate as

The ACES are as desperate as McShame...won't go down gracefully...just full of derision, hater-"ation" and failed ideologies. It's over...maybe you get your chance with the next generation. Sarah who? You gotta be kidding me...Macs judgement...horrible, impulsive, desperate, pandering...take your pick...even with all of the tangential innuendo and overblown conclusion of above, the Repugs lose by 40 EC's this fall and they know it...what a joke...the Southern "race campaign" strategy in Repug POTUS races is played out...

PTHS2
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PTHS2 08/31/08 - 04:06 am
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If Barry Hussain's supporters

If Barry Hussain's supporters could read and comprehend, he would have no supporters. Any person capable of rational thought wouldn't consider voting for him.

ibewalkingtomemphis
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ibewalkingtomemphis 08/31/08 - 04:35 am
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dr gum, are you a total

dr gum, are you a total idiot? You can read the above informational facts and believe me, they are provable fact, not like your drivel and still support the man???? You sir are below the idiot level.

ibewalkingtomemphis
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ibewalkingtomemphis 08/31/08 - 04:37 am
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drake, by all means do the

drake, by all means do the same for the other three. Then everyone can see how far left your two are out on the spinniker!

karmakills123
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karmakills123 08/31/08 - 04:42 am
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AMEN PTS...the grunbys and

AMEN PTS...the grunbys and drakes refuse to (or maybe they just can't) see that obama is a fake and is using their worship of him for his own gain..at least with McCain we know what we are getting. obama's voting record should scare the hell out of rational thinking people.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/31/08 - 05:31 am
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If Barry is the best the left

If Barry is the best the left has to offer, and he is, then it's no wonder they are so freaked by Gov. Palin as a candidate for v.p.. Will the hard left continue to ignore Obama's record because of his skin color? According to pauldrake and drGumby they will. "This article is all about keeping the black man down". The informed left is an oxymoron. None are so blind as those that WILL not see.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 08/31/08 - 06:23 am
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How can anyone vote for

How can anyone vote for someone who refuses to be fully vetted and tries desperately to cover up his past with actual threats and intimidation? There is much the public needs to know about Obama and little by little it is coming out. We still have two months to find out the truth, Then Hillary will be back with an " I told you so attitude".

christian134
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christian134 08/31/08 - 06:40 am
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Unfortunately Obama's

Unfortunately Obama's faithful will stomp right along behind him no matter what destructive path he plows...As far as his beliefs on defeating laws that would protect the people, the babies, and women in general I say to Mr. Obama your not worthy to lead a group of snakes let alone a nation as great as this nation...A nation that was and is great but just fell off the edge of sanity for awhile and is now poised to ask God for His help and guidance in renewing our land...This renewal just doesn't include the like of liberal demonic megalomaniac like B. Hussein Obama...

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 08/31/08 - 06:50 am
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How sad. How very, very sad.

How sad. How very, very sad. First Hilliary falls flat on her face despite being 1/2 of the most powerful Democrat political family, now this. If this is all true, the Democrats have handed Senator McCain the election on a silver platter. Perhaps during debates the candidates should be hooked to a lie detector like on MTV. I would certainly never vote for Senator Obama but I was proud that a minority has received the nomination of a major party for the office of President of the United States of America. How very, very sad.

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Bizarro 08/31/08 - 06:51 am
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Is the argument we shouldn't

Is the argument we shouldn't look at the candidates records?? Now either you explain and defend a record or you disagree and explain. Obama is a socialist, which plenty of socialist have run for president before.

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 08/31/08 - 06:56 am
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RA did you mean to say

RA did you mean to say something intelligible?

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 08/31/08 - 06:59 am
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Bottom line. After the

Bottom line. After the elections in November, the American people will have spoken loud and clear. No one here will sway any one's mind between now and the elections.

christian134
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christian134 08/31/08 - 06:59 am
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Quite frankly I would rather

Quite frankly I would rather have my faith grounded in someone who fought and beat cancer than someone who is so full of himself he has a hard time just getting his head through a door...Retired Army re-up it just might do you some good...

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/31/08 - 07:01 am
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Good Morning RetiredArmyPoo,

Good Morning RetiredArmyPoo, defender of ignorance, blind loyalty and the Democrat way.

factchecker
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factchecker 08/31/08 - 07:07 am
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You people should quit

You people should quit picking on Barry. He voted the way he did on all those crime bills because to do otherwise would make him vote against all his friends. Wouldn't you help your friends? Instead attack who he runs with. Remember you are judged by the company you keep and Barry has kept some company in the best traditions of Chicago.

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factchecker 08/31/08 - 07:09 am
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Retired Army - I thank you

Retired Army - I thank you for your service but I can't see how someone can be a defender of the country for so long and then just throw all that away on someone who wants to change the very core of the country you defended.

ibewalkingtomemphis
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ibewalkingtomemphis 08/31/08 - 07:09 am
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Retired traitor, can you

Retired traitor, can you dispute his record, Palin--the silver bullet that kills the vampire!!!! GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY, I FEEL GOOD!!!!

HARLEY HOG
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HARLEY HOG 08/31/08 - 07:11 am
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I smell the fear over here

I smell the fear over here too, dems.

ibewalkingtomemphis
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ibewalkingtomemphis 08/31/08 - 07:11 am
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No hippocrap, we won't sway

No hippocrap, we won't sway any minds, ignorance is bliss as well you demonstrate with your posts, but if you are not a entitlement lemming, his voting record, beliefs and character should. nobama's record is shameful!

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justthefacts 08/31/08 - 07:15 am
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Hypo-08 post of 7:59 is

Hypo-08 post of 7:59 is correct IMHO. (like the addition of 08 hypo).

TechLover
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TechLover 08/31/08 - 07:25 am
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so now the Chronicle is

so now the Chronicle is getting it's info from the "moonies". The Washington times is owned by the Rev, Sun Myung Moon and his Unifification Church. Maybe we should all go to a mass wedding or something to celebrate the creative piece of journalism.

ibewalkingtomemphis
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ibewalkingtomemphis 08/31/08 - 07:27 am
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tech, can you prove the

tech, can you prove the voting record wrong????? If not, and you say it's wrong, you pride yourself too much in your ignorance! 2 degrees, from where Paine or Armstrong?

factchecker
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factchecker 08/31/08 - 07:29 am
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TL - Just because they are

TL - Just because they are the Moonies does not mean they can't accurately report statistics. Seems everyone but the Dems can count. Dems keep wanting to use that NEW math that only they know. 1 + 1 = 3 to the 6th power which equals Obama. They just don't finish the equation - Obama = socialism.

TechLover
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TechLover 08/31/08 - 07:44 am
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Next The Chronicle gets

Next The Chronicle gets reports from the Krishnas. Too bad Jim Jones is dead so they can't get his opinion too. The other editorial is about media bias, then they print this. If an Obama supporter was using a cult owned newspaper as a source the usual cliquish group on these posts would jump on them, call them names, insult their intelligence, and call them liars. Their typical MO.

TechLover
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TechLover 08/31/08 - 07:47 am
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As I've posted before, in

As I've posted before, in Illinois a "present" vote is considered a no vote with reservation about the wording of the bill.

christian134
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christian134 08/31/08 - 07:53 am
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In other words TechLover

In other words TechLover Obama likes to play it safe rather than take a stand...He needs someone with him to lead his way into the areas that will increase his standing in the community...Wow just the man to lead this nation right? Present but not all there....

ibewalkingtomemphis
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ibewalkingtomemphis 08/31/08 - 07:54 am
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Can you prove that tech? You

Can you prove that tech? You haven't seemed to prove any of your other BS so far. But, just say you are right. Why is he the only one voting "present" 99.9% of the time? As stupid as you are, are you breathing without a ventalator?

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politicallyNcorrect1 08/31/08 - 08:03 am
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Why would OBama or anyone not

Why would OBama or anyone not want tougher jail sentenece's for criminals?... The only reason I can think of is you want to protect your friends! But the Obama supporters will say the white man fabricated his voting record to keep him down. The majority of American's are just plain stupid, once they makeup their mind for whatever reason YOU ARE GOLDEN & can do no wrong. I read that Obama was going to make OJ Simpson an Ambassador of good will to help fight VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. Because everyone knows OJ was innocent & all the evidence was fabricated by the white man. Do you know where OJ attends church? GUESS!

eric stoner
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eric stoner 08/31/08 - 08:05 am
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Very disappointing editorial.

Very disappointing editorial. Reminds me of the Phil Kent days. I really thought the Chronicle had risen above this kind of journalism.

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